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FreemanYoung

Spit out the Bone
Alright guys, here's an interesting one for you. I took the test last month and got this question on the math portion:

If A
B = A - B - AB, and A
5 = 6, what is A?

I'd never seen that symbol used in a math problem before, so it kind of threw me off and I ended up guessing.

I got the same problem when I took the test. Don’t think of the weird looking symbol as a +, -, x, or /.To solve this problem, we simply match the equations together. In other words, if we are to look at the two equations given and set them equal to each other, we would get B=5 and (A-B-AB)=6. With this information, we can substitute 5 for B in ‘A-B-AB’. Now we get A-5-5A. Setting this new equation equal to 6, we get A-5-5A=6. Solving this equation will give us A. -4A=11, A= (-11/4).
 

Meyerkord

OCS 25 FEB 2018
I got the same problem when I took the test. Don’t think of the weird looking symbol as a +, -, x, or /.To solve this problem, we simply match the equations together. In other words, if we are to look at the two equations given and set them equal to each other, we would get B=5 and (A-B-AB)=6. With this information, we can substitute 5 for B in ‘A-B-AB’. Now we get A-5-5A. Setting this new equation equal to 6, we get A-5-5A=6. Solving this equation will give us A. -4A=11, A= (-11/4).
Yep, I just scratched this on a piece of paper a few minutes ago and it was easy to solve once I took the time to set it up. Thanks for the response.
 
Good Morning all,

I retested the ASTB this past Wednesday 1/10 and scored much better, going from 47 5/6/5 to 52 6/8/7. Overall, I put in a lot more studying for this test and was just more focused during the test as well. I didn't have school studies and projects to work around and that helped significantly, allowing me to study everyday for 2-3 hours a day.

For study material I used the Barron's Military Flight Aptitude Tests, Mometrix's ASTB-E Secrets Study Guide, Apatrickfly's updated study guide, Jacob1792's Math study, and Nelnet ASTB practice test site.

A lot of great advice has been given for all areas so I'll just give a quick review in a nutshell.

Math:

Started medium and did eventually max out my knowledge. Saw a lot of square roots and fractions mostly. Geometry was worked in as well in word problems. I think I only had one Distance, rate, and time question, and the last few were probability (my worst section) and complicated averages. On that distinctly stuck out was "A classes average was a 28.6 on their last test. This is .6 lower than Susan and Julie's average. If Susan scored 18 points lower than julie, what was Julie's score."

Reading:

I found reading the paragraphs aloud to myself twice before even looking at the options helped. They long and boring but that's the point. If there's a certain procedure in the paragraph make a mental not of it while reading to reference if it's one of the questions. Other than that use process of elimination.

Mechanical Comprehension:

I felt pretty prepared for this overall. There were 3 different Bernoulli questions, some pendelum questions, what kind of energy does a compressed spring have, if a feather and brick are dropped at the same time in vaccum room which one would hit the ground first, if a 100lb Boulder and 1 lb pebble were dropped off a cliff at the same time which would hit first disregard in air resistance, and some questions about tension. Not much else comes to mind. I enjoyed Barron's for studying these types of questions as well as the Mometrix's book.

NATFI:

Just try to imagine yourself in the situations posted. I found that trying to make a decision in a scenario mindset helped me in decide which one was more likely than the other.

ANIT:

I have a strong aviation background and mainly just brushed up on some notes. I mainly study nautical information online and from the Barron's and mometrix book. Questions included, position of lift on a wing, what controls longitudinal axis of an aircraft, what was a famous dive bomber in WWII, what was the first jet to take part in jet to jet combat, what battle took place entirely in the air without the ships ever seeing each other, and then some nautical terms such as freeboard, draft, forecastle definitions, and one question what job does a person wearing purple a uniformon a carrier deck have.

PBM:

UAV I used the compass trick and it helped out greatly. There's a YouTube video that shows how to use it if you can't figure it out. As for the rest, just roll with the punches and don't get down if you mess up. Focus on dichotic listening section as much as possible. Also write down the emergencies if that hasn't been said enough.

If there are any questikns, please feel free to message, and I'll do my best to help out.

I say thank you to all of those before me who posted and helped give insight and I wish those searching for insight the best of luck.

Brett
 

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Hey Everyone,
Im applying for OCS. Prior Enlisted, got out, went to college, just graduated, now trying to get into OCS. Concern I have is my age, I am 29, turning 30 in a couple months, plan to apply for Information Professional, Intell, and Cyber. Taking my OAR exam this Friday, what are some thoughts of my position right now? Age seems to be a concern from some of the other officers I talked to who I served with. Thanks in advance.
 

Meyerkord

OCS 25 FEB 2018
Hey Everyone,
Im applying for OCS. Prior Enlisted, got out, went to college, just graduated, now trying to get into OCS. Concern I have is my age, I am 29, turning 30 in a couple months, plan to apply for Information Professional, Intell, and Cyber. Taking my OAR exam this Friday, what are some thoughts of my position right now? Age seems to be a concern from some of the other officers I talked to who I served with. Thanks in advance.
I think you're on the right track. Age shouldn't be an issue for those jobs. Study hard for the OAR because the jobs you're applying for are competitive. How was your GPA? What was your major?
 
I think you're on the right track. Age shouldn't be an issue for those jobs. Study hard for the OAR because the jobs you're applying for are competitive. How was your GPA? What was your major?
Appreciate it. My GPA was 3.8, major was Healthcare Administration. Thats also another concern I had, because I dont have a IT degree, but my recruiter said that it would be ok for those communities.
 
Define competitive. For aviation, ASTB scores are key.
I am going to retake it regardless but competitive meaning active in sports in college, published 2 journals in my undergrad, good LOR's, physically fit, etc?

From all the questions I have had to answer, it seems to me that they are seeking out individuals who are physically fit and qualified to be a pilot. I saw some packets that were accepted with some rookie scores. The scores I got were god awful but I am confident I will do better. In all honesty, the test was not that hard. I let my nerves get the best of me and if I could give everyone some advice, it would be to not stress. A lot is on the line, I know, but the test is not that difficult.

Big thanks to all of you guys for over preparing me haha
 

RUFiO181

Making Recruiting Great Again
I am going to retake it regardless but competitive meaning active in sports in college, published 2 journals in my undergrad, good LOR's, physically fit, etc?

From all the questions I have had to answer, it seems to me that they are seeking out individuals who are physically fit and qualified to be a pilot. I saw some packets that were accepted with some rookie scores. The scores I got were god awful but I am confident I will do better. In all honesty, the test was not that hard. I let my nerves get the best of me and if I could give everyone some advice, it would be to not stress. A lot is on the line, I know, but the test is not that difficult.

Big thanks to all of you guys for over preparing me haha
The boards care most about the GPA and ASTB. Perhaps some folks were able to get selected with a high GPA but boards have no problem taking low GPA, high ASTB than vice versa.

Boards don’t care about clubs sports extra stuff. They maybe spend a min most looking at your application.
 
Hi all,

New here so first post. I separated after 4 years AD navy, and just recently graduated from University. Now I'm trying to get an SNA or SNFO slot. Took the ASTB a couple days ago for the second time. First time got 55 5/5/4. From reading this forum I can see that its not competitive. Second time around I scored 47 5/7/6. I graduated with a 3.56 in Criminal Justice from a pac-12 school. How are my chances and is it worth having a 3rd try? I am under the impression that doing so could potentially lock me into worse scores. I am 27 and have already been approved for an age waiver, so that is not a concern.
 

Meyerkord

OCS 25 FEB 2018
Hi all,

New here so first post. I separated after 4 years AD navy, and just recently graduated from University. Now I'm trying to get an SNA or SNFO slot. Took the ASTB a couple days ago for the second time. First time got 55 5/5/4. From reading this forum I can see that its not competitive. Second time around I scored 47 5/7/6. I graduated with a 3.56 in Criminal Justice from a pac-12 school. How are my chances and is it worth having a 3rd try? I am under the impression that doing so could potentially lock me into worse scores. I am 27 and have already been approved for an age waiver, so that is not a concern.
The deadline for the spring aviation board is 13 APR, so you have time to study. If you're confident you can increase those scores with another try, I would retake it. Otherwise, try applying to the next board, and if you don't get picked up, go from there.
 
The boards care most about the GPA and ASTB. Perhaps some folks were able to get selected with a high GPA but boards have no problem taking low GPA, high ASTB than vice versa.

Boards don’t care about clubs sports extra stuff. They maybe spend a min most looking at your application.
Really? Only a minute to review everything? LORS, GPA, ASTB, etc? Interesting.